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Exploring the World of Work

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  • 1 Keynote - Alex Hilton OB, FCO Head of Sustainability (9) cr.jpg
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  • Natasha Lomas OG, Musician (2) cr.jpg
  • Stephen Lintott OB, BLM - Law as a stepping stone (3) cr.jpg
  • Tia Louden OG, Experis (8) cr.jpg
  • Ross Taylor OB, Financial Planning (4) cr.jpg
  • Dr Joyce Tyldesley OG, Archaeologist - non-vocational degrees (4) cr.jpg
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  • Aminah Mohammed OG & Alistair Fraser, Marsh Ltd (2) cr.jpg

A morning of talks from guest speakers helped Sixth Form students in Year 12 to explore the World of Work. No less than nine alumni returned to share their expertise and give an insight into their varied careers as part of this event organised by the Careers Department.

The keynote speech was given by Old Boy Alex Hilton (1997-2003), who is now Head of Sustainability at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), where he is driving forward the UK Government’s efforts to minimise single-use plastic. He gave a fascinating address about his career path so far, also touching on different routes into the FCO and the diversity of the roles within it, from diplomats and economists to engineers and IT programmers and even interior designers and chefs. In addition, he talked about some of the benefits of working for the FCO, such as international travel and the opportunities for training, and included a few fun questions for the audience to put working with the FCO into perspective.

Alex’s keynote made for an inspiring start to the day for the whole of Year 12. Students then split into smaller groups to attend a further three sessions with visiting speakers.

Alumni from both Divisions were on hand to give talks on a range of careers. Stephen Lintott (1982-1989) who now works for BLM talked about a career in Law and how this can also be a stepping-stone to other careers. Natasha Lomas (2000-2014) is currently studying a Masters of Music at the Royal Academy of Music in London and discussed conservatoire life and working as a freelance Musician. Tia Louden (2002-2011) discussed working in ‘tech’ and her experiences working for Microsoft and Experis. Recent leaver Amina Mohammed (2011-2018) and Alistair Fraser of Marsh Ltd addressed life as a broker, covering Risk Management, Financial Services and Broking. Ross Taylor (1991-2004) of Taylor & Taylor talked about Financial Planning as a career. Archaeologist Dr Joyce Tyldesley (1964-1978) covered the subject of picking a non-vocational degree and how ‘thinking outside the box’ in this way can be of benefit. Aaron Winstanley (2008-2015), who now teaches Technology at Park Road, was joined by Abbey O’Donnell to discuss routes into teaching and life as a teacher. Architect John Wood (1998-2003) talked about the skills needed to access this career, the training involved and some interesting projects he has taken on.

There were also talks on the following careers and pathways and what they have to offer: chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering from Nnamdi Nwaokocha and Ian Walker from GHD; graduate careers in football, sports and events from Samuel Dunn of UCFB; insurance and their service providers from Andy Dakin of Virtus Validations Ltd and Paul Taylor of Plantec Assist; intensive care medicine from Dr Daniel Nethercott on behalf of Bolton NHS trust; journalism and writing your own story from Lewis Pek from Gaming Publishing; the music industry from Gary Hilton of Gas Music Ltd; pharmacy, working in the community and drug licensing from Dr Bamford of Bamford Pharmacy; social work with adults from Andrew Stableton of the Salford Royal Foundation Trust; software engineering from Kamlesh Patel of Waters Corporation; and surveying, real estate and commercial property development from Sarah Chicken of db symmery Ltd.

Students were encouraged to ask questions and engage with debate throughout the talks to make the most of the World of Work morning. Hearing from the guest speakers was a great opportunity for them to look at a range of career paths and gain an insight into the variety of jobs available today.

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